How many times a week should the kids get a shower?

MamaB - posted on 04/13/2011 ( 126 moms have responded )

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I have decided that it's enough for my 7yr old twins to have a shower every other day and sometimes we even leave it 2 days unless they have had sports or are particularly dirty. In the winter we washed hair every 3 days. Every night if they are not having a shower they have a wash of all the important bits then clean their teeth. What do you think, am I doing the right thing?

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Stifler's - posted on 04/14/2011

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Every day? I don';t see how hygiene is not on the priority list for people. They're 7. Not babies, they go to school they can run their own bath/turn on the shower and get in and out and get dressed. Showers can be restricted to 4 minutes with an egg timer and use biodegradable body wash if you're concerned about the environment or whatever.

Laryssa - posted on 04/17/2011

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Actually- children 8 and under should shower every day. Children have a very hard time getting theirselves clean after going to the restroom. The result of this causes a bacteria to grow which can cause yeast in the colon causing stomach aches. Hair should not be washed daily because the less you wash it- the faster it grows. Boys are a bit different yet they too have a hard time getting clean after bowel movements. Their has been a rise in children having yeast infections and girls can even get kidney infections. Once the bacteria grows- then then they wipe- the bacteria is actually spread to the uretha and can travel up through the bladder causing pain and discomfort. I know it can be quite the chore but children actually love their bath time and it makes for great memories of Mama:)

Amber - posted on 04/13/2011

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My son gets eczema breakouts, so we can't bathe him every day. His skin usually doesn't break out if he's not bathed everyday. It about 3-4 times a week for him.
I make sure that I plan his baths for days that I know he's going to be more active and his off days are those that aren't so active.

Jennifer - posted on 04/13/2011

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I have 4 kids ages 7, 5, 3, and 6 months and I think every other day is fine. At that age, they aren't getting terribly dirty or sweaty, so unless there is a need (ie baseball game) then it is just a waste of water.

Julie - posted on 04/22/2011

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Per a dermatologist who also has kids w/ eczema 2-3 times per week was recommended. You're doing the right thing.

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Angela Vieira - posted on 09/04/2012

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Wow.. I am extremely shocked! I don mean at all to offend anyone but I am from Brazil and in my country we all shower evey single day 2x a day! Morning shower to wake up and smell fresh for the day... Night time to relax and clean off from the day... Both my children have eczema, 12 yr old and 9yr old. They take quick showers! Moisturize well after shower and again thruoght the day. There is no better feeling then cleaningness! ( if thas a word lol) plus, everyone including my 11 weeks old baby, sleeps so much better after a nice warm bath... :) it is kind of gross not to shower everyday... Hehe

Merry - posted on 04/28/2011

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I shower twice a week if not a bit less often. I don't smell, I never need to use lotion or deodorant unless I'm working out. My hair is healthy and thick and doesn't get stringy or slimy until at least four days after I shower. Idk if everyone is just dirtier or sweatier then me but I can't imagine showering every day! What a waste of water and time. I think if you have to use lotion then you are bathing too much.

Merry - posted on 04/28/2011

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Once a week from birth til puberty is all I do, unless otherwise dirty that is. Hot sweaty days, playing in the mud days, etc those mean an extra wash. But normally, once a week is all that's healthy for their skin.

Jamie - posted on 04/28/2011

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My husband and I disagree about this. DD is almost 6 and I think every other day is enough. On the non-bath day I have her give herself a quick wipedown with a wet washcloth. She's not a crazy, rolling in the dirt child.

Amanda - posted on 04/28/2011

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My son takes two showers a day, but he is 20 and manages himself (sports and work). My step child that is 11 takes a shower every other day, but she swims 3 times a week and if she is sweaty or dirty she manages herself as well. I think you have it right!!!!

Shannintipton - posted on 04/28/2011

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Hi Mama, I think same as my car, every time it rains. loll {:+)

Marinda - posted on 04/28/2011

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I have 26 months old twin boys and bath/shower them every day and wash their hair every day I feel they play outside and get dirty I also feel then they sleep better

Charleen - posted on 04/27/2011

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My 7 and 5 year old shower daily. My 3 month old gets a bath about 3-4 times a week more if needed. He gets a wipe down a couple times a day though, as
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Kelly - posted on 04/27/2011

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"There are many other ways to preserve the cheapest utility wwe have- especially when your child could be at risk for serious conditions. If your child has a bowel movement in his or her day- then your child needs a proper bathing. Funny thing is- Young moms are just too lazy to take the proper care of their children. Others just don't know. It's the lazy mothers that look for excuses Not to bathe their child instead of taking advice from a qualified person- who specializes in bacteria ;) "

That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard and so offensive!! I am a young mother and my son gets a bath/shower EVERY night. Not because he is dirty but because he loves to have baths and it helps him go to sleep. When he is older and better at settling himself then he will have one every other day if he isn't dirty. You can't honestly believe that just because you are older than some people you know better. There are plenty of older mums who are too lazy to do things and plenty of younger mums that are too lazy to do things. Laziness has nothing to do with age and everything to do with the person. Just because you specialise in bacteria does not give you the right to say that young mothers are too lazy to take proper care of their children. Perhaps you need to grow up a little and not make generalisations based on a few people.

Charlene - posted on 04/27/2011

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My kids are dirty every day, the bath needs a scrub after they bathed, I think it's more hygienic to bathe at least once a day...

Jenn - posted on 04/26/2011

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I always (and still do) shower every 2nd day as well as my children. There is no need to bath every day unless they are sweating or getting dirrty. It can actually do more harm then good by stripping our skin and hair of essential oils.

Melysa - posted on 04/26/2011

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at one stage I was bathing all of my 5 children everyday! when my pediatrician found out he told me off he said there is no need to bath that often, and in fact it can be damaging to a childs delicate skin, the oils on their skin form a balance and washing too often can disrupt that balance! every parent is entitled to opinion but in general it is what you are happy with that matters!
I have a busy life with 5 kids uni and many extra-caricullar activities I still cook every meal from scratch including the food my dog eats, I would do anything to promote happy healthy children, and until their hormones start kicking in my children will stay at every other day for showers/baths! and once a week for washing hair (unless it is really hot and they get sweaty, but even when leaving it to try get it dirty to put up for concerts I rarely find their hair get "dirty")
I think you are doing fine!

Eillim - posted on 04/26/2011

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if it is saving you money and no one is stinky or sick due to lack of hygiene (Mind that I am not say8ing that you need to shower everyday to have good hygiene) I say "carry on!"

Sriwanti - posted on 04/26/2011

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I dont know.. since we live in tropical country we shower twice a day ur else u'll stink out of ur sweat... yes, TWICE in a DAY (morning & night) but only shampoo the hair at night.

Shaunna - posted on 04/26/2011

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I believe that teaching children proper hygiene is very important at a young age. If it is taught to be put off for a
prolonged period of time then they will grow up not understanding when and when not to shower. This is a social problem in that kids can be mean to one another when they find out that the children do not shower everyday. Washing bits of your body will not cut it as an adult and makes for lazy hygiene.

Kathren - posted on 04/26/2011

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i have two children ages 3, and 11 months. I bathe my 3 yr old daily and my 11 month old every other day. When she turns 1 next tues. I will start bathing her everyday as well. But that's just my personal preference, I really think it depends on what you feel is best for your children and your schedule. It's a part of my children's bedtime routine to get their bath.

Judi - posted on 04/25/2011

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it use to be a weekly thing and children (of 7) knew that on a non-bath night they needed to wash down all the bits the need washing daily. In the bath we use lavender and camomile to combat dry flaky skin. We also use bath time for messy play and quiet often my sons water turns blue/green/red/yellow depending on the colouring added and the caryons used. But there are times when the fight to get a clean child into a bath is just not worth the hassle.

Toni - posted on 04/25/2011

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My kids go every other day too, unless they have been outside playing. I think you are doing the right thing

Sally - posted on 04/25/2011

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Kids only need to be showered when they are dirty. Washing them too often dries out their skin. My girls get a quick rinse most nights, but we only use soap if they are smelly, visibly dirty, or have something sticky in their hair.

Jen - posted on 04/24/2011

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My kids 2 & 11 months, get a bath together every other day and their hair gets washed once a week. My son has eczema, so the water really dry's his skin, also the chemicals in the soaps and shampoo's are awful to douce them in daily. We buy as natural of products as you can buy, but i still think it's not that good for them. I wash the parts that need it before bed nightly. I think you are bathing them plenty.

Sue - posted on 04/24/2011

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i have four children aged 11, 10, 5 and 3, two of which have autism, so we have a routine so no one gets upset, they have dinner, then bath or shower every night, some days they have a bath in the mornings to.

Chevelle - posted on 04/22/2011

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I'm really surprised at some of these answers. You decide what's best for you and your children of course, but I can't believe that some parents only bathe their children a few times a week! The day my children can home from the hospital up until they were about 2 they had baths twice a day! Sitting in diapers, having formula run down their neck, getting baby food in their hair, how could you not. Now that they are older they bathe every night before bed, as we do. I just can't imagine kids don't get dirty and sweaty from daily routines, I know mine do and so do I.

Chevelle - posted on 04/22/2011

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I'm really surprised at some of these answers. You decide what's best for you and your children of course, but I can't believe that some parents only bathe their children a few times a week! The day my children can home from the hospital up until they were about 2 they had baths twice a day! Sitting in diapers, having formula run down their neck, getting baby food in their hair, how could you not. Now that they are older they bathe every night before bed, as we do. I just can't imagine kids don't get dirty and sweaty from daily routines, I know mine do and so do I.

Anthea - posted on 04/21/2011

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I bath my boys every evening, it is part of their bed time routine. They love it!

Lacey - posted on 04/20/2011

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every other day is fine. obivously if they are dirty you'd give them a bath no matter what you're schedule is. i don't think any parent is going to make them wait till the next day. But in the winter doctors actually recommend bathing kids every other day so you don't dry their skin out. everyone is different and do what they think is best for there kids. there are people out there who will say that is nasty that they don't shower everyday but who cares. i think every parent does something that another parent isn't going to agree with.

Krystal - posted on 04/20/2011

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my kiddos want a bath there is no harm in that i was told they want to feel clean so be it let them... i take one every day and my kids play hard everyday so they get cleaned everyday i have a 4 year old an a 2 year old

Louise - posted on 04/20/2011

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I used to bath my kids every night,but we have 6 kids now so its every other night now.Now the weather is nicer in the holidays they play on the garden all day so i make them every night again.The only sad thing is they dont get long to play in the bath.( or id be there all night lol) I suppose its a case of what they have been up to? Every one has there own routine so its up to you!!! My 2 year old suffers very bad dry skin as well so i have to be careful not to dry out her skin to much

Elizabeth - posted on 04/20/2011

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I have my 8 year old shower everyday but weekends sometimes. But my 5 year old only every other day unless she needs it.

Sal - posted on 04/19/2011

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just do a little experiment folks, tonight before bed get a damp cotton pad or tissue (like you would if you were using toner) have a quick whipe around your kids necks, behind thier ears, back of the knees, i know some kids will be fine but i think you might be surprised, i know i am when i use toner and such

LaBranda - posted on 04/19/2011

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Mine are every other day unless they are really dirty from outside. Too much water to bath 7 people everyday! You are doing great!

Christine - posted on 04/19/2011

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too much cleaning is bad, kids need some bacteria to build and immunity to it. medical testing has been done on this

Christine - posted on 04/19/2011

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absolutely, otherwise their skin will get really dry from the hot water and soap if they shower every day. If not being physically active, i feel there is nothing wrong with this.

Crystal - posted on 04/19/2011

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I also agree AND DO SO lotion is a big issue after bathing to, not for my son whos skin is not dry what so ever, but for my daughter who may get dry skin VERY MINOR now and then. Bathing may dry skin out very little but lotion up after, smell good, and go to bed CLEAN and you dont have to CHANGE your bed sheets every day (to an earlier comment posted) Point is the cleaner we keep our kids the less germs that are spread, FACT!!! Otherwise why was our hand before eating, etc... MY OPINION EVERY DAY. ESPECIALLY AFTER THEY TURN AGE 2. Before that they are small enough for DAILY good rub downs after that, they are into everything and it doesnt stop!

Crystal - posted on 04/19/2011

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I read he post her kids get a bath just when they are dirty, and those that make sure their kids are clean everyday are 'WASTING WATER' Half of the posts I have read on here YOUR CHILDREN are school aged! Do you forbid them recess, as they run, roll in grass, SWEAT, and most important these days with all the colds, flu's, etc going around come on. This is not to MamaB. Every other day cool, after sports yeah. But I think the person I will not name is going a little too far "apart" without bathing. Conserving water is not an issue when it comes to the cleanliness and health of my children.

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I think eeewwwwwwww..........however, I have a friend that does the same. Does it bother me? Only if I think about it. As long as I don't smell you and you don't look dirty then I am fine with it. HOWEVER, I truly believe that people need to bath/shower every day. You go through each day touching millions of things around you, things are in the air, and by the end of each day you are taking all of those germs/bacteria and whatever else into your bed to sleep with you. I think it is nasty. We shower/bath every night so that we can go to bed clean and sleep in clean sheets. It just feels better. (we still wash our bedding at least once a week to just as FYI)

remember this is IMO

Ashley - posted on 04/19/2011

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Sounds fine to me when my son was a baby i washed him every night then when i went back to work and he got a bit older it went to every second or third night. I dont think its gross or bad parenting he's never nasty or even smelly and as for all the horrible bacteria out there it was there when i was a kid too and i never bathed every day and amazingly im alive.

Laura - posted on 04/19/2011

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My 16month has a bath everynite no matter wat and sometimes showers and if shes dirty during the day ill give her a bath and i wash her hair everyday sometimes every 2nd day.. Its like me i have 2 have a shower everyday and mayb everynite so i think my daughter should aswell...

Hope this helps :)

Jasmin Aka Heidi Smith - posted on 04/19/2011

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My kids (18 yrs, 10 yrs and 4 months) take daily showers! And, if they stink I will tell them to their faces that they smell bad. So if it takes 6 showers a day to remove the stench then so be it, just saying!

Charity - posted on 04/19/2011

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My 4 year old gets a bath every night. My 12 month old joins him in that bath every other night.

Chrissy - posted on 04/19/2011

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for the ladies out there that only bathe there kids once a week or month how would you feel if you only got bathed once a week or month damn dirty and sticky i bet :).....your kids might just feel the same i mean running around all day playing eating food playing with other kids ands toys etc there is dirt,germs and sticky hands and smelly feet and the list goes on hygiene would be the most important factor with bath every day or second day :).....i dont think once a week or month is good hygiene practice for when they are older as we are supposed to be setting examples for our kids and teaching our kids to be clean i thought :) i understand skin conditions and stuff as i suffer from a horrible strain of dermititis but i still think being clean is important and there are creams and things out there for dry skin and bath oils for the kids :)

Crystal - posted on 04/19/2011

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My son is 6 and is in school. Knowing the fact that he has recess every day in or out, playing and handling toys other kids have touched as well, he gets a bath every evening, then dinner, play/movie time, story and bed. Same with my daughter who is not yet in school but I am a stay at home mom with her, though they bathe seperatley the routine of the evening is same with both children and interactive. They take turns picking every other night which movie, book, etc read. I and in no means to I think it is dirty when others dont, but in my opinion, my children bathe every evening, not only does the comfort that I know they are clean, but them going to bed nice and fresh I have learned helps them sleep better. They both play sports and I clean them up before the game so they feel ready to play, fresh and after of course bubble bath. But thats just me. Everyone has differences and I in no way think you are doing the wrong thing with your kids but I am big on routine and it rubs off on our children and knowing they should bathe daily at early age, will grow with them and they wont have any problems when they are hitting the preteen age, teenager, then as an adult.

Beth - posted on 04/19/2011

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My girls are 5 and 6 and they have always gotten baths every night. I always feel better if I shower everyday, so I think it would make them feel better as well. Every parent is different.. I dont think there is a wrong or right way to bathing, its just whatever works best for your family. Mine have gone without baths because of getting home to late or something like that.. Other than that, every day..

Danielle - posted on 04/19/2011

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My kids are 4 & 7 and according to their Dr, kids lose moisture alot faster than we do so my kids are every other day unless they find a mud hole to play in or we are going somewhere. My daughter (4) is one day and my son (7) is the next.

KRYSTAL - posted on 04/19/2011

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uh everyday!! mine are water babies so they get one 3 times a day sometimes!

Chrissy - posted on 04/18/2011

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i bath my son every evening and get him ready for bed a) it helps him relax and go to sleep easier and b) after wearing a nappy all day and having a number 2 in morning in it im sure you would like a clean bum to go to bed with :)

Staci - posted on 04/18/2011

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My kids are 5 and 14. They shower every morning and every night. During the summer they shower during the day if it is really hot. I think it is personal preference. I think a bath at bedtime makes them sleep better. I know it makes me sleep better.

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